Suspicious Airport Behaviour – Project Pegasus

Police visit non-designated airfields in Scotland to engage with owners, pilots and operators in an effort to maintain an effective working relationship with the general aviation community and to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, in particular, the Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000.

Can you help?

Yes, by being vigilant and notifying Police Scotland of anything suspicious or which you have concerns about.

What to look out for

  • Unusual activity particularly late at night or early in the morning.
  • Aircraft landing at unusual locations, i.e. unused airstrips.
  • Aircraft being loaded/unloaded at unusual times/places.
  • Unauthorised or unusual activity at your airstrip or flying club.
  • Strangers attempting to hire aircraft or use your airstrip.
  • Evidence of adaptations to aircraft e.g. for concealment purposes.
  • Packages being transferred from aircraft to aircraft or from an aircraft to a vehicle in unusual locations such as a remote part of an airfield.

If you do notice anything suspicious or unusual:

  • NEVER involve yourself. 
  • NEVER touch any suspicious packages. 
  • NOTE the details - descriptions, registration numbers or markings.
  • CALL the police.

In an emergency, call the Police on 999 immediately, otherwise contact your local office – as always your information can be treated in confidence.

If you have any information or concerns regarding the above, about your home or visiting airport, if you need advice, further information, or have any suggestions how we can improve our service to you, then please do not hesitate to contact Police Scotland.

What do we ask of you?

Quite simply, to call the central number whenever you see any activity or behaviour that you feel is suspicious, and which may be connected with any preparatory acts of terrorism or criminal activity. 

If you suspect it, report it

Call Police Scotland on 101 and quote Project Pegasus.

Project Pegasus

For further information on suspicious aviation behaviour please read What is Project Pegasus?.

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